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Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and Dual Credit Instructor Requirements

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NWTC continues to work hard to support our K-12 teachers to meet the General Education HLC requirements. We share the value of offering dual credit and hope to continue these opportunities for students. 

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is NWTC’s accreditation body that has imposed new credential requirements for high school dual credit instructors. These credential requirements will be enforced in 2025 and require those that teach in the area of General Studies (Math, Language, Communications, Natural Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences) to possess a Master’s degree in the content areas or a Master’s degree in unrelated content plus 18 graduate credits in the content area.  Those teaching Career and Technical Education (CTE) content need to have one degree higher than the coursework that they are teaching.

As part of our efforts to support, we are partnered with NEWERA to offer graduate course work through Graduate Credit Credential Quest. If teachers are interested in using this partnership to continue their education, at a reduced cost, please visit Graduate Credit Quest online. 

Instructors may also qualify for tuition reimbursement through the Department of Workforce Development–Expanded Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant: Technical College Grants–Training Teachers to Teach in Dual Enrollment Programs. Please contact Dawn Rentmeester to find out more. Dawn can be reached by email, or by phone, (920)-498-6932.  

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